Thursday, August 25, 2011

Musée Grevin



Did you know that there was a wax museum in the center of Paris? Musée Grevin was founded in 1882 and now contains some 300 characters arranged in scenes from the history of France and modern life. Its baroque architecture includes a mirrored mirage room based on the principle of a catoptric cistula and a theater for magic shows.

It has an ornate main entrance on Boulevard Montmartre and another entrance in Passage Jouffroy.


Hummmm.... you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours?


Musée Grevin
10, boulevard Montmartre
75009, Paris







37 comments:

kathrin said...

thank you for all that great tipps, next week I come to Paris, every day I m looking your blog because of all that nice places you show us, thank you, big hugh Kathrin

Dianne said...

No Genie - I've never heard of this museum, but it would be such a facinating place to visit - maybe I would get to see the real Marie Antoinette!

Richard Moisan said...

La photo d'entrée au musée est coupée. Dommage! Le doigt tendu n'indiquerait pas la direction des toilettes "hommes"?...
Avoue, Genie, que ce panneau prête à confusion.

beau gosse said...

The posture of the figure in the tophat would more likely suggest: "Je t'accuse!" Or maybe as Richard suggests, the hand simply points the way to the Gent's W.C. LOL :D Thanks again Genie for a great photo! ^_^

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

How amazing Genie - I haven't seen it on my travels in Montmartre!
Mercie mon amie for the heads up!
Shane :))

Malyss said...

I like your picture! I visited this museum several times as child and then with my own children.Each time, there was a kind of fear in the air, in front of some old times sceneries,and with all those wax people and their cold glance on you! :o)

Shell Sherree said...

Haha! Very cool, Genie.

Voyages et Abstraits said...

Vraiment très original cette photo!
bonne journée Genie

Hana de Prague said...

I like the photo! I have never visited the museum and I must put on my list for next time. You were right yesterday in your message left on my blog... we must live 100years to be able to visit all interesting things in Paris!
Bises Hana

biebkriebels said...

Yes I have visited it long ago when I was with my parents in Paris as a child. Can't remember much of it anymore, only the Passage, it was difficult to find.

Joe said...

Wonder if the wax works has a likeness of Count Felix de Jouffray-Gonsans?

dive said...

Wow! I never knew about that place. The list of places to visit on my next trip grows ever longer.

brattcat said...

an amusing musee entrance.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I saw the movie "The House of Wax" when I was in the third grade. My mother forbid me to go, but I managed to see it anyway. She was right - I had nightmares. Thanks for the heads-up. This is one museum I'll pass on. Even that gold finger is frightening. It will give me extra time for the French Impressionists.
Sam

Aesthetic Alterations said...

So much fun! The great thing about Paris are all these small museums tucked in places you least expect. I can't wait to explore them again, although this one tends t creep me out! :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

This is a definite for next time
Genie. How funny if it is as simple as the direction to the 'Gents' as Beau Gosse suggested, the French have such a drole sense of humour!!

Virginia said...

Great shot. Is this the way the French give you the finger? :)
V

Pet said...

That sounds like a fair proposition to me :-)

Sylvia K said...

What a great, fun capture for the day, Genie! Would love to visit that Museum. I have heard/read about it somewhere??? You do always have the perfect caption! Hope your week is going well, mon amie! Enjoy!

Hugs
Sylvia

JM said...

I am not fond of wax museums (Mme. Tussauds in London was the first and will be the only one I've visited) but I like this shot very much, it's just great, Genie.

Kris said...

Imagine the French finger pointing! Sounds like a fascinating place to visit. I never knew they had a wax museum?

Kris

Starman said...

We got a surprise when we were there. Did you have a surprise?

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Well,I lived in Paris for 10 years, and have been going back once a year since, and still, I have never visited that museum. I guess I will add it to my list then.
Veronique aka French Girl in Seattle

Jack said...

What a great sign! I love it.

Thanks for your comments today. Be well, Genie.

Loree said...

wow, what an entrance. Gorgeous.

lvroftiques said...

Noooooo I did not knowwwww! But I must gooooo! *winks* Really I will put it on my list of "must sees" on my next trip to Paris. J'adore wax figures! And I also LOVE your photography! Vanna

Kristin said...

I didn't know! Thanks for telling me! Have a lovely day!

Love, Kristin :)

this is Belgium said...

Always kept this musée in the back of my mind... but never actually been ..
like the entrance finger..
and the backscratching is such a nice tough.

so glad you like the i-phone shots
(the people on the Belgian beach were runners..!)

Fábio Martins said...

Excellent definition! I live the perspective too

James said...

What a neat shot! The hand looks like it's floating in air! I've never been to this museum.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour Genie,
I had no idea.. It would be a wonderful place to visit. I love the entrance...
Merci for your most welcome visit and kind words.
Bises Penny
Bebe sends her best

Randy said...

I love this!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Frankly, I am not just crazy for wax museums and this one appeared very mysterious from the outside.

The significance of the hand? I believe that this sign in Passage Jouffroy is pointing to the entrance which is outside on the street (Rue Montmartre). Oh, and Rue Montmartre is in the 2ième arrondissement and not up near Sacre Coeur.

I think that Malyss summed it up with talk of the atmosphere. I have another photo taken of this place and will be saving it for October 31st if that gives you a hint... pretty creepy.

Richard and beau gosse, I am still confused about the small figure here and will have to have another look when I return.... soon.

Bises,
Genie

classic • casual • home said...

You are full of interesting info.

Padharo Rajasthan said...

This is great shot !! Beautiful !!

Padharo Rajasthan

Alexa said...

Or maybe the message is "Begone!" Have never been to this museum, but it sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for the heads up—and the cool photo!

The Clever Pup said...

Was it worth the trip? I've often thought about visiting it.